Dingoes aren’t just wild dogs, guys. A new study involving researchers from UNSW Science has finally proved dingoes aren’t a subspecies and actually belong to an entirely different group of predators than dogs and wolves. Welcome to the phylogenetic tree, Canis dingo!
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about 300 people, known as the samosely, or selfsettlers, live illegally within the zone of exclusion that surrounds the most heavily contaminated areas near the chernobyl nuclear power plant. defying government ban, they evaded guards and secretly resettled in their villages shortly after the 1986 evacuation. about 80 percent are elderly women, known as babushkas, who, having outlived their husbands (and often children), live alone in a village populated with only one or two dozen others.
despite estimates that the area will not be safe for another 900 years, they nevertheless live off the fertile but highly radioactive land, harvesting (contaminated) wheat, mushrooms, onions, and beetroot. they also make their own vodka home brew, samahonka. as one samosely woman put it, “you can’t take me from my motherland. motherland is motherland.” said another, “we survived starvation and hitler and starvation and stalin, and now you tell us something invisible will kill us? we will die here.”
(stalin instigated a massive genocide-by-famine in the thirties, known as the holodomor, in order to subjugate ukraine and move peasant farmers on to state farming collectives or into factories. an estimated five million ukrainians died of starvation during this period, many of whom were the fathers of these women)
findings about the long term health effects of chernobyl on humans are controversial and contradictory. but the world health organization now considers the psychological impact of the disaster to be at least as detrimental as the physical. the samosely do not suffer from the anxiety and depression common amongst those who did not return. though they must travel by foot, they do enjoy each others company and joke about moving into one house for better heating. but of course they would never actually leave their homes.
photos by daniel berehulak. click pic for their names and ages.
Endangered bird hatches from egg held together with glue, tape
From repairing crushed eggs to developing alluring perfumes that encourage breeding, conservationists are determined to save New Zealand’s rare kakapo.
Why go to this much trouble? You won’t believe how hard these birds are to save.
Hubble Stretches Stellar Tape Measure 10 Times Farther into Space
Even though NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is 24 years old, astronomers are still coming up with imaginative, novel, and groundbreaking new uses for it. The latest is an innovative technique that improves Hubble’s observing accuracy to the point where rock-solid distance measurements can be made to Milky Way stars 10 times farther away than ever accomplished before.
To do this, Hubble observations and subsequent analysis were fine-tuned to make angular measurements (needed for estimating distances) that are so fine that if your eyes had a similar capability you could read a car’s license plate located as far away as the Moon!